One of the buildings of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow is on fire, the Moscow Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry told Sputnik on Friday.
At least 30 people were evacuated, including the staff and museum visitors, from the facility where the paintings from private collections are stored. There’s no information on those injured.
The roof of the building at 10 Volkhonka Street is on fire, the source specified, adding that the thick black smoke was coming from a ventilation pipe.
Photos of the fire have been circulating on social media.
The administration of the museum has confirmed the information about the fire in a comment to Meduza.io, a media outlet.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry said that the fire has been extinguished.
The museum collection of the Department of Personal Collections includes more than seven thousand works of Russian and West European art from the 15th-20th centuries, including paintings, graphics, sculptures, applied art and artistic photography.
There are more than 7,000 showpieces in the museum, including paintings, graphics, sculptures and artistic photography from Russia and the countries of Western Europe.